Department of Health, Labor and Welfare proposed the idea to provide
a separate room for smokers, or the space in reducing the concentration of tobacco-smoke,
and announced to assist a financial establishment of indoor smoking room.
Japanese Government will examine the concentration of tobacco-smoke
in the indoor public space before giving an advice to the firm.
Department of Health, Labor and Welfare started to restrict smoking in restaurants and hotels to protect a person
who works in the smoking space. Asahi Shimbun reported to determine the acceptable minimum concentration of
tobacco-smoke found in public spaces, e.g. restaurants, bars, and a lobby and passage in a hotel. If it is above
the set concentration of cigarette-smoke, then, the government advice to the firm to take a total smoking ban or
to provide a separate room for smokers.
The revision of the Industrial safety and Health Act in 2011 was released by the Department of Health, Labor and Welfare
on October 1, 2011. However, against our expectation, the concept is not a total smoking ban in a workplace, but the idea
to provide a smoking space apart from the area in the main working place. The Health Ministry officer said to assist
the cost in the construction of indoor room for smokers. This means that a taxpayer must share the expenses for a space
which is clearly harmful to the human health. Officer further described he will permit the working space, if the concentration
of tobacco-smoke is under the 0.15mg/1 cubic meter. They completely ignored the fact that there is no safe level for
the cigarette side-smoke.
The Health officer in the central and local government had no definite health philosophy to protect people who live
in the country, as far as the avoidance from smoking hazard. The academic society, the Japan Society for Tobacco-Control
supported the establishment of Kanagawa-Prefecture ordinance, in 2009. This local law legally approved setting a separate
smoking room inside. The new law justified the legal concept of separating the public space into the non-smoking and smoking.
The TV commercials by Japan Tobacco Inc. promoting an installation of the space for smokers are remaining in force.
Sadly, Japan is now becoming an ideal country for a tobacco company.
October 1, 2011, by Junhaku Miyamoto, MD, PhD
Japanese Government now adopted that the public indoor space to be divided
into the non-smoking and smoking to protect a worker.
(L) Government will give a financial support for setting up a smoking space.
(M) An inhalation of tobacco-smoke from others will be the trigger to cause a heart attack and lung cancer.
(R) Government requests all business operators to obligate to protect a worker,
should be free from the hazard derived from cigarette smoke.
(L) Health official announced to start a new system that supports a finance to provide a smoking indoor section
in restaurants/bars and Ryakan (hotel).
(R) A firm which can get a financial support to construct an indoor smoking room and/or ventilation system
should be the number of employee is under 100. The maximum assistant payment is 2,000,000 yen.
Source: NHK News October1, 2011.
Department of Health, Labor and Welfare announced to assist an establishment
of indoor smoking room in restaurant and hotels, and will increase the financial
support rate from the present 25% to 50% of the whole construction fee in 2013.
Japan is a country which officially ratified the treaty by the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
However, Japanese Government always neglected this fact and rather supported making a smoking room
for smokers. It is very regrettable to hear that an announcement that the Government positively supports
the newly constructed smoking room inside of the restaurants and hotels.
Most of European countries, countries of North America and Oceania abolished, or assertively destroy a
smoking booth or room provided inside of a public space. The local government and Department Health
and Laborand Welfare of Japanese Government chose the total opposite way since 2009, when Kanagawa-
Prefecture ordinance approved a separate smoking booth in a food industry and hotel.
Unfortunately, many Japanese people thought that the separating space for smokers and non-smokers,
is a good way, and further, the Japan Society for Tobacco-Control supported the Kanagawa-Prefecture
ordinance, which legally approved a separate smoking room. These factors contributed to the awful
decision of the Government to increase a financial aid to constructing the definitely noxious smoking room.
May 15, 2013. The comment by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD
Department of Health, Labor and Welfare will grants to the applicants for a construction of indoor smoking room.
$B!!!!!!!!(B( The Government assists half of the total construction expenditure. The document 2014 is written in Japanese. )
AED ( automated external defibrillator ) is placed at the smoking booth on a restaurant-floor of a department store in Tokyo.
AED stands in a smoking room of the major airport in Hokkaido.
Kanagawa Anti-smoking Ordinance
Kanagawa plan was expected to spark opposition from owners of restaurants and bars. However,
Gov.Matsuzawa made a complete about-face, and decided the fields of the total smoking ban are
limited to schools, hospitals, department stores, government buildings and some other public places.
He indicated that the prefecture might allow and promote creating the facilities to introduce
smoking rooms apart from non-smoking section. The grand mistake of the policy of Kanagawa Pref.
is to abandon a total carpet smoking ban and to create a separate smoking room for smokers.
A further serious mistake Gov.Matsuzawa did is to authorize laborers to work in an enclosed space
with full of toxic smoke. This is definitely against the purpose of the indoor clean-air act: anti-smoking law.
He completely neglects the health of employees who work in a smoking space.$B!!(BGov. Matsuzawa
only considers a health of the users of restaurants, bar, pachinko parlors and other public places.
This comment was written by Junhaku Miyamoto, MD., PhD, in April 2009.
$B!!(BA tobacco company is trying to brainwash Japanese people.
Herald Tribune International Japan must move faster on anti-smoking laws.
"It's your turn, Prime Minister Noda *
After he played a regime, he introduced the 25% financial assistance to make a smoking room in a building.
Of course, this is not the reason, but he finally resulted that he fell from power after 2013 election.
$B!!(BAt the Fifth Annual Meeting of Japan Society for Tobacco Control in Matsuyama,
Dr. J Miyamoto presented a process of the Kanagawa Prefectual Anti-smoking Act and
the adverse outcome of the local ordinance.
He warned the danger of that Japan becomes 'an unwanted smoking-restricted country', among the world,
if other local anti-smoking ordinances allow to set up a separate smoking space and further admit
to working in that section at food industries.
He presented a scene of the meeting at the headquarter of Japan Medical Society. Guest speakers,
Dr. M P Langer and Mr. L Binding talked about the importance not to provide a smoking space inside
of the building. They lectured that nobody should be worked in a toxic smoking area.
Dr. Miyamoto stressed that smoking ban should be applied to a restaurant, bar and pub at the different stages.
He advised the content of a total smoking ban should be simple and clear, excluding numerous exceptions.
Russia enforced a total smoking ban in public indoor space in June 2014.
A new proposal about smoking regulation by the Health Ministry in January 2018
This is the worst anti-smoking measure in the World, neglecting WHO and IOC agreements.
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The article was written in August 2011, and revised in May 2013 and October 2014.
Information on new Japanese Government policy was added in January 2017.